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Odisha lost a great social activist humanist&Educationist Kaliprasad Samantaray

Bhubaneswar:20/8/18;Odisha lost a great social activist humanist , biju devotee and lover of plants, education ,,and odia language, Kaliprasad Samantaray passed away on saturday 18th august 2018.

The noble soul, who worked hard for the promotion of Odia language and culture as well as education and spread the right work to preserve our environment, has left for his heavenly abode last evening. Kaliprasad Samantray is no more. He passed away at the age of 55. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.


Born on December 15, 1963, Kaliprasad was suffering from deadly cancer for over one year. He had gone to the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai for chemo therapy where he breathed his last. His body will be brought to Bhubaneswar today. His last rites will be held at his native place Amanakudagada in Balipatana near Bhubaneswar.

Kaliprasad had given all his efforts to make Odia get second language status in Jharkhand and promote Odia language and culture in Sadheikala and Kharasuan. As one of the founding members of Bhasa Andolan, Odisha, he stood rock solid with the movement till the deterioration in his health.

Kaliprasad led the Biju Patnaik Group of Institutions, which have several schools, colleges and institutions that impart education in Journalism, Computer Science, Hotel Management etc. He also set up a Bakula Bana Vidyalaya near his village to revive the old memories of Odia culture.

Kaliprasad loved trees and passionately worked towards preserving the environment. He planted lakhs of saplings in his lifetime and took care of those personally with all his efforts.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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